I am tired. Very tired. Marielle has been rushed to our local hospital by ambulance twice in the last 4 days. Doctors are having trouble controlling her blood pressure and have admitted her to the hospital so they can adjust her medication.
In the meantime, the transplant hospital gave us the bad news that Marielle is slightly sensitized to her donor, my e-Bay friend. Now normally, the doctors could do a procedure called plasmapheresis to remove the sensitized antibodies from Marielle’s blood and go ahead with the kidney transplant. However, time has run out and it is no longer feasible to do plasmapheresis.
When I called my e-Bay friend to let her know, she was heartbroken. And although she will not be Marielle’s donor, I will be forever grateful she came forward (even though she was petrified) to save my daughter’s life. Talk about a true friend–there is no greater test of friendship.
So the transplant center continued testing possible donors and found one of my husband’s friends to be a match, too. Final donor testing is being done as we speak. The transplant center has booked the operating room and are planning to do the living donor kidney transplant the day after Christmas, December 26th–my deceased Grandmother’s birthday.
Nineteen days. Just 19 days. We just need our Sunshine Girl to hang on for 19 more days to receive the gift of a new life. I know my girl can do it. I’ve witnessed her strength so many times over the years.